Posts tagged jan25
Pro-democracy protesters continue to pour into Tahrir [Liberation] Square in Cairo. They call for president Mubarak to step down. The Imam during the Friday prayer in the square urged the people to stay strong and stick to their demands. Follow our live blog here: http://aje.me/hXK0Wa
Mubarak reported to have left Cairo with his family, the AFP news agency reports, citing a source close to the government. But it said his destination was not immediately clear.
Two intellectual heavyweights weigh in on the Egyptian revolution on AJE’s Riz Khan. Tariq Ramadan - professor of Islamic studies at Oxford and prominent proponent of ‘Western Islam’ - discusses the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, a topic personally close to him, being the grandson of the its founder, Hassan al-Banna,. And with him is the always animated and insightful radical philosopher Slavoj Žižek, who offers up what I think is a pretty good description of what the Egyptian revolution has evoked in many people:
“…There where we are fighting a tyrant, we are all universalists. We are immediately [in] solidarity with each another. That’s how you build universal solidarity. Not with some stupid UNESCO multicultural respect - ‘we respect your culture, your ours’ - it’s the struggle for freedom. Here we have a direct proof a) that freedom is universal and b) especially, a proof against that cynical idea that some how Muslim crowds prefer some kind of religiously fundamentalist dictatorship, whatever. No! What happened in Tunisia, what happens now in Egypt, it’s precisely this universal revolution for dignity, human rights, economic justice …This is universalism at work. What we see daily in Egypt - one Egyptian protester said: ‘I am proud that I am Egyptian.’ I am proud for them, they gave us the lesson against this falsely respectful but basically racist prejudice - ‘oh you know, Arabs, have their specific culture, they cannot really get [democracy].’ They got it, they understand democracy, by doing what they are doing, better than we do in the west.”
Wael Ghonim, center, a key organizer of the online campaign that sparked the first protest in January and who was imprisoned by Egyptian authorities, walked into Tahrir Square after Mr. Mubarak’s statement. (Photo: Tara Todras-Whitehill / AP via the New York Times)
Inspired by the resilience of Egyptian people during their recent uprising, several notable musicians from North America have teamed up to release a song of solidarity and empowerment. The track is fittingly titled “#Jan25” as a reference to both the date the protests officially began in Egypt, and its prominence as a trending topic on Twitter. Produced by Sami Matar, a Palestinian-American composer from Southern California, and featuring the likes of Freeway, The Narcicyst, Omar Offendum, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, and Canadian R&B vocalist Ayah - this track serves as a testament to the revolution’s effect on the hearts and minds of today’s youth, and the spirit of resistance it has come to symbolize for oppressed people worldwide.
Omar Offendum (MC #1) - http://twitter.com/Offendum
The Narcicyst (MC #2) - http://twitter.com/TheNarcicyst
Freeway (MC #3) - http://twitter.com/PhillyFreezer
Amir Sulaiman (MC #4) http://twitter.com/AmirSulaiman
Ayah (R&B Vocalist) - http://twitter.com/AyahMusic
Sami Matar (Producer) - http://twitter.com/SamiMatar
Artwork by Ridwan Adhami http://www.ridzdesign.com
what’s remarkable to me is that these spineless thugs have the decency to follow through with the arrangement. who can prove that you actually went through with the violence? why not fight for your country and get back at the guy holding your chains? if your that angry, angry enough to fight for money, turn that anger back on those who have you in chains? i’ll never understand these types of people.